detonation definition

  • noun:
    • The work of exploding.
    • An explosion.
    • An explosion or unexpected report created by the near-instantaneous decomposition or combustion of unstable substances as, the detonation of weapon cotton fiber. Especially, combustion that develops supersonically via shock compression.
    • system knocking, an improper combustion in internal combustion engines
    • An explosion or abrupt report made by the instantaneous decomposition or burning of unstable substances.
    • An explosion or sudden report created by heating or hitting specific combustible bodies, as fulminating gold; surge in mass.
    • the act of detonating an explosive
    • a violent release of power caused by a chemical or atomic response

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